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First off today, The Canadian Press reports that the Supreme Court of Canada has handed a victory to area ISP Rogers by saying that service providers should be paid a reasonable fee for their efforts in looking up subscribers suspected of committing copyright infringement.
The case pitted Rogers against Voltage Pictures, which has been famously aggressive in suing those it suspects of pirating its movies. When they sought subscriber information from Rogers they agreed to provide it, but only if Voltage agreed to pay $100 per hour of work plus tax. Voltage balked and sued Rogers, saying that Canadian law obligated them to turn over the information without payment.
However, the Supreme Court sided with Rogers, saying that the ISP was entitled to reasonable payment for the effort needed to compile the information. However, it said that the precise rate would have to be set at a future Federal Court hearing.
Next up today, Ernesto at Torrentfreak writes that RapidShare’s’ founder, his wife and a former attorney of theirs went on trial this week in Switzerland, some three years after the site decided to close its doors.
Rapidshare was one of the first file hosting services on the internet. Founded in 2002, the site became a haven for copyright-infringing material of all kinds. This caused many rightsholders, including several academic publishers, to file complaints with prosecutors about the site. Eventually the three were arrested on charges of assisting copyright infringement.
According to the prosecution, the three were in a position to prevent massive amounts of copyright infringement but chose not to in order to prioritize profits over copyrights. Profitable the site certainly was, earning over 47 million Swiss francs ($49 million), making the requested 190,000 francs ($197,000) in damages a mere drop in the bucket.
3: Glasgow Photographer Sues Netflix, Says ‘Stranger Things,’ ‘How It Ends’ Used His Supercell Photo
Finally today, Kristin Kristen Inbody at the Great Falls Tribune reports that Montana photographer Sean Heavey has filed a lawsuit against Netflix saying that the video giant used a photo he took of clouds during a supercell in both an episode of Stranger Things and the film How It Ends.
Heavey had first made the allegations regarding Stranger Things back in May. At the time, Netflix denied they had used his photo, saying that they used different work.
The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages, including legal fees, and an injunction to prevent Netflix from using the photo without permission.